Merv Field
Monday, June 8, 2015
Merv Field, the legendary pollster with many ties to IGS, passed away Monday at the age of 94. Field, the founder and namesake of the Field Poll , received the Institute’s Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award in 2012 for "advancing the spirit of good government and improving the quality of public affairs...
Lord Patten of Barnes
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In the inaugural R. Kirk Underhill lecture earlier this month, Lord Patten of Barnes addressed the state of the US-UK relationship and what this relationship means for the world. A video recording of Lord Patten's address is now available, as well as an audio recording of Lord Patten's KQED-Forum interview .
Cathleen Decker, National Politics Editor at the Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
On Monday, April 27th, 2015, the Institute of Governmental Studies held its annual Review of the Presidency at Banatao Auditorium, evaluating how President Obama has been performing in his second term and predicting his prospects for the next two years. This year’s annual Review of the Presidency featured experts Cathleen...
Linda Yeung
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
We are proud to welcome Linda Yeung to the IGS National Advisory Council . Yeung currently serves as the Director of People, Performance and Development at the San Francisco International Airport. Yeung's government, private and nonprofit experience includes Deputy City Administrator for the City and County of San...
John Abizaid
Monday, April 27, 2015
In a wide-ranging talk at IGS on April 9, retired U.S. Army General John Abizaid discussed the U.S. role in the continuing conflicts in the Middle East, as well as other areas of concern in current U.S. foreign relations, including China and Russia. Abizaid, who served in the United States Army for 34 years and was the...
Wendy Davis
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
On March 4th, the Matsui Center hosted former Texas State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at the Banatao Auditorium on the University of California, Berkeley. Senator Davis first spoke to a sold-out audience about the pressing issue of gender equality, and then later sat down with Professor Laura...
CJPP cover
Friday, March 20, 2015
How has California’s “Top Two” elections system affected the state’s politics? That was the question IGS sought to answer by devoting a special issue of the Institute’s California Journal of Politics and Policy to the Top Two system. To read the full special issue, go here . To read more about the research results, you can...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Mitch Mitchell , Vice President- State Government Relations at Sempra Energy, and Christopher Patterson , Political Director- California Professional Firefighters, recently joined the IGS National Advisory Council. Both Mitchell and Patterson bring to the Council a strong portfolio of expertise in state relations and...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Political science majors Sandra Farzam and Brandon M. Wong have been named the 2015 winners of the William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr. Leadership Award . The Muir award, established in 2014, is given to deserving Berkeley undergraduate students who have demonstrated a high level of academic distinction and a strong commitment to...
Friday, March 6, 2015
A videorecording of former Texas state senator Wendy Davis's speech to a sold-out crowd at the Banatao Auditorium on March 4 is now available online . Davis received attention in 2013 for her 11-hour filibuster against legislation that would restrict abortion. In 2014 she was the first female nominee for Texas governor in...

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